Rob (Robert Philip) Piltch. Guitarist, composer, b Toronto 25 Dec 1956. He studied guitar in turn with Eli Kassner, Tony Bradan, and Hank Monis, composition with Gordon Delamont and Sam Dolin, piano with Darwyn Aitken, and guitar again with Robert Hamilton. After working in local jazz clubs with Ted Moses and others and touring in Canada and the USA 1979-80 with David Clayton-Thomas and Blood, Sweat and Tears, he settled into a career in Toronto studios, playing in rock, contemporary jazz, fusion, and classical styles as required. Piltch also has appeared in club or concert engagements with Hagood Hardy, Ron Collier, Lorne Lofsky, Hugh Marsh, Don (W.) Thompson, and others, and has led quartets on rare occasions at George's Jazz Room.
Piltch has made the LPs Bells (1981-2, Umbrella GEN-1-16), a collaboration with Thompson, and Rob Piltch (1988, Duke Street DSR-31047). The former includes his compositions Moon Dance, Nexus, and Chant; the latter, Prelude, Sambo, Bags in the Lobby Blues, Thanks J.S. (after Bach), and Farewell to Caledon (a dedication to his father). He also appears as a soloist on recordings by Marsh, Hardy, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Rita Coolidge, Kathryn Moses (Music in My Heart, 1978, PM PMR-017) Ted Moses (More Than Ever, 1978, CBC LM-459, The Farther You Go ... The Farther You See, 1978, Music Necessity Music MMN-1), the Partland Brothers, Purple Changes, Stone Alliance, and others.